Time to Retreat

This has been a hellish day and I was already feeling under the weather before I got the email that blindsided me. It reminded me of all that I disliked about publishing and why I walked away from it to pursue music. So when I gathered the troops by listening to "Stronger," I was longing … Continue reading Time to Retreat

New Original Song, Bad Boy Crushes, Now Available on iTunes and cdbaby

I released my first song, Everybody Lies, last year on iTunes and cdbaby, and have started off this year with a new song, Bad Boy Crushes, available for download on both iTunes and cdbaby. Bad Boy Crushes grew organically from one of the songs I wrote in my Pat Pattison songwriting class, Candy Apple Red, … Continue reading New Original Song, Bad Boy Crushes, Now Available on iTunes and cdbaby

“I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

In this week's songwriting workshop, the leader reinforced the idea about songwriting that I've heard others like Mary Gauthier say (see letter on the main page of this web site) that you should be honest, real, and authentic in your songwriting. Dig down deep to who you really are, not who you present yourself to … Continue reading “I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

White Room, Laith Al-Saadi, Voice Finale

My top choices on The Voice changed over the the last few weeks. At first, Alison was my #1 pick and then she dropped below my top two choices: Adam Wakefield and Laith Al-Saadi. But after Laith opened up the finale with his version of White Room - WOW! He moved to #1. In fact, … Continue reading White Room, Laith Al-Saadi, Voice Finale

Upside Down (Song of the Day)

As I work on a project for one of my clients this morning, I listen to Pandora. One of my favorite stations is Devil Doll. I'll be forever grateful to Pandora for introducing me to eclectic, fabulously exciting music. Far better than commercial radio. And while I know I'm not there yet, I'm inspired to … Continue reading Upside Down (Song of the Day)

Songwriting: Too Real for the Radio

We were eating Shrimp Fajitas and sipping Cucumber Margaritas at Chevy's this weekend, and I was listening to the music playing. I started noticing a pattern and thought, "Okay, I see now what my NSAI mentors were trying to get me to do." I thought about reworking the latest song they were excited about. I … Continue reading Songwriting: Too Real for the Radio

4 Pockets: Radio Rules vs. Artist Rules

I received the second round of feedback for my song from two different NSAI mentors and they both love the hook. In fact, usually it takes 2 or 3 weeks for feedback but in both cases, I received feedback within 24 and 48 hours. That's how excited they are about it. I took into consideration … Continue reading 4 Pockets: Radio Rules vs. Artist Rules